Photos of Famous People in Figure Skating

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Figure Skating Legend Michelle Kwan

Ice Skating Champion Michelle Kwan Does a Spiral
Ice Skating Champion Michelle Kwan Does a Spiral. David Madison / Contributor / Getty Images Sport / Getty Images

This photo gallery includes photos of famous figure skaters. Some of the skaters are Olympic figure skating champions or world or national figure skating champions; others left their mark and are remembered for their great contributions to the sport.   

Michelle Kwan is considered a figure skating legend in the USA and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history.  She won both silver and bronze at the Winter Olympic Games.

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Olympic Figure Skating Medalist Sasha Cohen

Sasha Cohen
Sasha Cohen. Photo by Elsa/Staff - Getty Images

Figure Skater Sasha Cohen won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics and she is the 2006 United States Figure Skating Ladies Champion.

Sasha Cohen was an elegant and beautiful skater. Her beautiful presentation made her not only an athlete, but a celebrity.

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1976 Olympic Champion Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Hamill. Photo by Tony Duffy - Getty Images

Dorothy Hamill is known for skating with a style that was perfect.

Dorothy Hamill is known for skating with a style that was perfect. Her jumps were graceful and her technical skating was excellent. Her head was always up and she had perfect posture. She was considered "America's Sweetheart." She is also known for her sweet personality and her signature wedge haircut.

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Dick Button - Olympic Champion and Figure Skating Television Commentator

Dick Button
Dick Button. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

Many say that Dick Button is the greatest figure skater in history.

Dick Button won the Men's Olympic figure skating title in 1948 and in 1952 and was the first American to win an Olympic ice skating title. Button is the only American figure skater to win two Olympic gold medals in figure skating.

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Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner

Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia
World Pair Figure Skating Champions Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia. Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Stringer - Getty Images

Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner won the National Junior Pairs title in 1973. In 1976, they won the U.S. Senior Pairs event. They went on to win five consecutive national titles. In 1979, they won Worlds.  Together, they wrote Forever Two As One, a book that takes the reader into their lives.

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Ulrich Salchow - The Inventor of the Salchow Jump and Olympic Champion

Ulrich Salchow
Ulrich Salchow. Public Domain Photo

Ulrich Salchow

Ulrich Salchow won the gold medal in figure skating at the Olympics in 1908. That Olympics took place in London. His Olympic gold medal was the first Olympic gold medal awarded for men's figure skating.  He invented the Salchow jump which he first performed at an ice skating competition in 1909.

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Frank Carroll - Coach of Figure Skating Champions

Frank Carroll
Coach of Figure Skating Champions Frank Carroll. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

Frank Carroll is considered one of the best figure skating coaches in the world.

Frank Carroll is considered one of the best figure skating coaches in the world.  He coached 2010 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Evan Lysacek to Olympic gold.  He was also the coach of US figure skaitng legend Michelle Kwan.

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1988 Olympic Champion Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano
Brian Boitano. Photo by: Bob Martin - Getty Images

 Brian Boitano was known for almost always skating perfectly.  

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2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Evgeni Plushenko

Evgeni Plushenko
Evgeni Plushenko. Photo by Al Bello - Getty Images

Russian male figure skater Evgeni Plushenko won the Gold Medal in the 2006 Olympics. His huge jumps dazzle audiences.

Russian male figure skater Evgeni Plushenko won the Gold Medal in the 2006 Olympics. His huge jumps dazzle audiences.

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Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto - Olympic Silver Medalists Ice Dancing

Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. Photo by Elsa/Staff - Getty Images

It has been said that Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto are the most outstanding ice dance team in United States history.

It has been said that Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto are the most outstanding ice dance team in United States history.

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Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov - Olympic Pair Skating Champions

Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov
Two-Time Olympic Pair Skating Champions Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov. Photo by Mike Powell - Getty Images

Russian pair skaters Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov won virtually every competition they entered.

Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov won the Olympics in both 1988 and in 1994. They began skating together as children and married in 1991. Sergei died suddenly in 1995. Ekaterina Gordeeva continues to perform.

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John A.W. Nicks - Coach of Ice Skating Champions

John A.W. Nicks
Coach of Ice Skating Champions John A.W. Nicks. Photo by Doug Pensinger - Getty Images

John A.W. Nicks is considered one of the top figure skating coaches in the world.

John A.W. Nicks is considered one of the top figure skating coaches in the world.

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1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi
Kristi Yamaguchi. Photo by Mike Powell - Getty Images

Kristi Yamaguchi won the 1992 Olympics. She was the first American woman to win the Olympics in figure skating since 1976.

Kristi Yamaguchi won the 1992 Olympics. She was the first American woman to win the Olympics in figure skating since 1976.

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Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan 1991 U.S. Nationals

Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan 1991 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships
Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan 1991 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Tim Defrisco/ALLSPORT - Getty Images

Tonya Harding is perhaps the most controversial person in figure skating history.

Just before the 1994 Olympics, right after a practice session at the United States National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and hit hard with a hard object on her knee. The accident made it impossible for her to compete and Tonya Harding won the Championship Ladies event.

Shortly after that, it was alleged that Tonya Harding might have been part of the conspiracy to hurt Nancy. Tonya was banned from U.S. Figure Skating for life.

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1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion John Curry

John Curry
John Curry. Photo by Tony Duffy - Getty Images

John Curry won the gold medal at the Olympics in men's figure skating in 1976.

John Curry was known for using much ballet and dance in his skating. His style of skating was called "Ice Dancing" and was a combination of skating and ballet.

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Peggy Fleming 1968 Olympics

Peggy Fleming 1968 Olympics
Peggy Fleming 1968 Olympics. Getty Images

Peggy Fleming is the 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion.

Peggy Fleming won the gold medal in figure skating at the Olympics in 1968 in Grenoble, France. That was the only gold medal that the United States won at that particular Olympics. She was nineteen years old at the time. She was known for being both an athletic and graceful ice skater.

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Ice Skating Legend Sonja Henie

Sonja Henie
Sonja Henie. IOC Olympic Museum /Allsport - Getty Images

This is a photo of Sonja Henie of Norway practicing for the Women's Figure Skating event at the 1928 Winter Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

This is a photo of Sonja Henie of Norway practicing for the Women's Figure Skating event at the 1928 Winter Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland. She won the gold medal at that Olympics.

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Ryan Jahnke - 2003 United States Figure Skating Bronze Medalist

Ryan Jahnke
Ryan Jahnke. Photo by Robert Laberge - Getty Images

Ryan Jahnke won the bronze medal at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in 2003.

Ryan Jahnke won the bronze medal at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in 2003. He was known for being able to do the Tano Triple Lutz, doing creative spins, and for being an elegant skater. He now coaches figure skating in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Surya Bonaly - Olympic French Figure Skater

Surya Bonaly
Surya Bonaly. Photo by Bob Martin - Getty Images

French figure skater Surya Bonaly became a U.S. citizen in 2004. She is known for being the only skater who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice.

French figure skater Surya Bonaly became a U.S. citizen in 2004. She is known for being the only skater who can land a back flip on one foot on the ice. She is remembered for being disqualified for doing that move in the 1998 Olympics.

She participated in three different Olympics and became known for having a defiant attitude. She won the French National title nine times and the European title five times. She placed second at the world championships three times.

Surya now lives in the United States and has toured with Champions on Ice for many seasons.

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Donald Jackson - 1962 World Figure Skating Champion

Donald Jackson
Donald Jackson. Photo Credit: Ice Follies

Donald Jackson won the 1962 World Figure Skating Championships. He is considered one of the greatest skaters in figure skating history.

Donald Jackson won the 1962 World Figure Skating Championships. At that event, he made history by being the first figure skater to land a triple lutz at an international ice skating competition. He is also the co-founder of the Jackson Skate Company. Jackson Skates are one of the most popular brands of figure skates in the world.

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White - Olympic Ice Dance Champions

Meryl Davis and Charlie White
Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Photo by Matthew Stockman, Getty Images

In 2014, at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Meryl Davis and Charlie White became the first ice dancers from the USA to win gold.

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Scott Hamilton - 1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Scott Hamilton - 1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Scott Hamilton - 1984 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. Photo bu Steve Powell - Getty Images

Scott Hamilton is the 1984 Olympic Men's Figure Skating Champion.

Scott Hamilton is the 1984 Olympic Men's Figure Skating Champion. He is the founder of Stars on Ice and is also a celebrity and television figure skating commentator. He is known for his charismatic personality on and off the ice.

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Lynn-Holly Johnson - Co-Star of the Ice Skating Movie Ice Castles

Lynn-Holly Johnson - Figure Skater and Actress
Lynn-Holly Johnson - Figure Skater and Actress. Photo by Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Lynn-Holly Johnson is most remembered for her role in the ice skating movie "Ice Castles."

Lynn-Holly Johnson co-starred in the 1978 movie "Ice Castles." She played Lexie, a talented young ice skater from Iowa who goes to a figure skating training center in Colorado to work towards skating in the Olympics.

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Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov - Pair Skating Legends

Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, Olympics 1968.
Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, Olympics 1968. Photo by IOC Olympic Museum /Allsport - Getty Images

Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov are considered pair skating legends. They brought ballet to pair skating.

Lyudmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov won two Olympic gold medals in pair skating. They represented the Soviet Union.  They were known for their elegant skating style and for bringing a ballet like quality of skating to the ice.

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Brian Joubert - French Figure Skater and World Figure Skating Champion

Brian Joubert - French Figure Skater and World Figure Skating Champion
Brian Joubert - French Figure Skater and World Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Koichi Kamoshida - Getty Images

Brian Joubert is a French figure skating champion and World Figure Skating Champion.

Brian Joubert is a French figure skating champion and World Figure Skating Champion. Brian Joubert has received many medals and has won many titles in figure skating. Besides winning the French and World and European Figure Skating Championships, he won the Grand Prix Final, French Masters, Skate America, Cup of Russia, and the Trophee Eric Bompard.

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Kurt Browning - World and Canadian Figure Skating Champion

Kurt Browning - World and Canadian Figure Skating Champion Kurt Browning
Kurt Browning - World and Canadian Figure Skating Champion Kurt Browning. Photo by Shaun Botterill - Getty Images

Canadian figure skating champion Kurt Browning won the world figure skating championships four times.

Canadian figure skating champion Kurt Browning won the world figure skating championships four times. In recent years he has been known for being a television media commentator for figure skating. Browning also holds the record for being the first male ice skater to land a quadruple jump in competition.

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Olympic Ice Dance Champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Clive Brunskill - Getty Images

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won gold in ice dancing at the 1984 Winter Olympics. They changed ice dancing and are considered figure skating legends.

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2007 World Junior Pair Champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker

2007 World Junior Pair Champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker
2007 World Junior Pair Champions Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker. Photo by Feng Li - Getty Images

Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker are the 2007 World Junior Pair Champions.

In 2008, Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker moved up to the senior level and won a silver medal at the Cup of China Grand Prix of Figure Skating event.

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Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent Made Figure Skating History in 2007

Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent
The First Throw Quad Salchow Was Landed by Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent. Photo Courtesy of US Figure Skating - Copyright © Paul/Michelle Harvath

Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent landed the first quad throw salchow on November 17, 2007.

On November 17, 2007, U.S. pair skaters, Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent landed the first quadruple throw salchow at a figure skating competition.

Vise and Trent landed the quadruple revolution pair skating throw jump during their long program at Trophée Eric Bompard, one of the events in the 2007 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

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Italiian Skating Champion Carolina Kostner

Carolina Kostner
Olympic Figure Skating Bronze Medalist Carolina Kostner. Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images

Italina figure skating champion Carolina Kostner won bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games which took place in Sochi, Russia and won the ladies title at the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. 

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Swiss Figure Skating Champion Stephane Lambiel

Stephane Lambiel
Stephane Lambiel. Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images

Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland won the 2007 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

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Caroline Zhang - 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Champion

Caroline Zhang - 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Champion
Caroline Zhang - 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Feng Li - Getty Images

Caroline Zhang won the 2007 Junior World figure skating title and also won the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. 

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2007 World Ice Dance Champions Maxim Staviski and Albena Denkova

2007 World Ice Dancing Champions Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski of Bulgaria
2007 World Ice Dancing Champions Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski of Bulgaria. Photo by Koichi Kamoshida - Getty Images

In 2007, the world ice dancing champion, Maxim Staviski, was charged with drunk driving. A man died when the skater's vehicle collided with a car on August 5, 2007.

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Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao - Olympic Pair Skating Champions

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao - Chinese and World Pair Skating Champions
Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao - Chinese and World Pair Skating Champions. Photo by Feng Li - Getty Images

Xue Shen and Hongbo Zhao are the first pair skaters from China to win the world and Olympic pair skating title.

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Australian Skating Champion Sean Carlow

Sean Carlow - Australian Skating Champion
Sean Carlow - Australian Skating Champion. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

On March 28, 2007, two Australian figure skating officials and one young prominent Austraian figure skater were killed in a tragic accident. Other influential people in the Australian figure skating community were injured.

Liz Cain, 1980 Olympian, and coach and mother of Australian Men's Figure Skating Champion, Sean Carlow, lost her leg. Sean saved his mother's life by diving into the water after she fainted when part of her leg was cut off at impact. The evening cruise had been a way for the group to celebrate being together during a Kathy Casey Seminar.

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Janet Champion - Child Ice Skating Show Star

Child Skating Star Janet Champion
Child Skating Star Janet Champion. Photo Courtesy of Janet Champion

Janet Champion enjoyed a truly unique career as a professional performer, touring the United States as a child star with Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies.

Janet Champion was a professional performer, touring the United States as a child star with Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies. She skated with Ice Follies for nine years performing innovative skating and acrobatic moves on the ice. Today, Janet is a prominent figure skating coach.

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Olympic Ice Skater Johnny Weir

U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion Johnny Weir
U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion Johnny Weir. Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images

Johnny Weir is the 2004, 2005 and 2006 U.S. National Men's Figure Skating Champion.

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has caused some debate because he is outspoken. He is also known for his non-traditional and unusual skating costumes.

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Christopher Bowman - Two-Time U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion

Christopher Bowman - Two-Time U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion
Christopher Bowman - Two-Time U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Chris Cole - Getty Images

Figure skating champion, Christopher Bowman, was known as "Bowman the Showman." Sadly, Bowman died when he was only forty years old on January 10, 2008.

Figure skater Christopher Bowman was known as "Bowman the Showman" because he dazzled audiences with his performances. He was a two-time U.S. Men's Figure Skating Champion. Bowman died on January 10, 2008.

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Mirai Nagasu - 2008 U.S. National Ladies Champion and 2010 Olympic Team Member

Mirai Nagasu 2008
Mirai Nagasu 2008. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

Mirai Nagasu is the 2008 United States Ladies National Figure Skating Champion.

In 2008, Nagasu surprised the ice skating world by winning the short program in the Senior Ladies event at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. She earned 70.23 points, the highest-ever score for a ladies' short program at any U.S. National Figure Skating event. In 2010, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team.  She won bronze at the 2014 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, but was not selected to be part of Team USA at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  That decision caused some controversy.

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2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa

2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa
2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Shizuka Arakawa. Photo by Al Bello - Getty Images

Shizuka Arakawa is the 2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She is Japan's first ever ladies figure skating Olympic Champion.

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Chinese Pair Skaters Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang

Chinese Pair Skaters Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang
Masters of the Throw Twist Chinese Pair Skaters Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun - Getty Images

The Chinese pair team of Zhang and Zhang were famous for being able to do amazingly high twists in the air.

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Rena Inoue and John Baldwin - U.S. Pair Skating Champions

Rena Inoue and John Baldwin
Rena Inoue and John Baldwin. Photo Courtesy U.S. Figure Skating - Copyright © Paul/Michelle Harvath

US figure skaters Rena Inoue and John Baldwin are the first and only figure skating pair team to land a throw triple Axel.

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Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Olympics
Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Olympics. Photo by Pascal Rondeau - Getty Images

The "Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan" incident increased the popularity of figure skating.

Just before the 1994 Olympics, right after a practice session at the United States National Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and hit hard with a hard object on her knee. The accident made it impossible for her to compete and Tonya Harding won the Championship Ladies event.

Shortly after that, it was alleged that Tonya Harding might have been part of the conspiracy to hurt Nancy. Tonya was banned from U.S. Figure Skating for life.

The "Kerrigan Attack" increased the popularity of figure skating. A novel was written, followed by a musical play, and a few television movies were made about the incident.

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Jeremy Abbott and Evan Lysacek 2007

Jeremy Abbott and Evan Lysacek pose together at the 2007 Four Continents Championships
Jeremy Abbott and Evan Lysacek pose together at the 2007 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

Jeremy Abbott took Evan Lysacek's place at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships after Lysacek withdrew due to injury.

The 2007 and 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Champion, Evan Lysacek fell just before the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships. His blade broke as he attempted a triple Axel. He hurt his forearm, elbow and shoulder. Nothing was broken, but he couldn't compete in Worlds. Jeremy Abbott, who placed fourth at the 2008 Nationals, was chosen to replace Lysacek.

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Mao Asada - World and Japanese Figure Skating Champion

Mao Asada - World and Japanese Figure Skating Champion
Mao Asada - World and Japanese Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun - Getty Images

Mao Asada is the 2008 World Figure Skating Champion. Her signature move is a cross-grab Bielmann. That move is shown in this photo.

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Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison - 2008 World Pair Skating Bronze Medalists

Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison
2008 World Pair Skating Bronze Medalists Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison. Photo by Jamie McDonald - Getty Images

Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison are known for coming back to compete shortly after Davison's blade slashed Dube's face accidentally at the 2007 Four Continents Championships. The two come from different parts of Canada. They teamed up in 2003. Jessica Dube speaks only French and Bryce Davison speaks English.

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Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov - Olympic Ice Dancers

Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov
Olympic Ice Dancers Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

In 2002, Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov finished third in the U.S. Nationals. Then, for the next three years, the couple finished second in the same event. Their second-place finish in the 2006 Nationals earned them a trip to the Olympics in Torino.

Melissa found Denis via the internet. When they first began skating together, he could not speak English and she could not speak Russian. Not only did they become skating partners, but they fell in love! They were married in 2001.

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Mr. Frick - Legendary Ice Skating Show Comedian

Mr. Frick Doing His Trademark Spread-Eagle Cantilever
Frick's Trademark Spread-Eagle Cantilever Mr. Frick Doing His Trademark Spread-Eagle Cantilever. Photo Courtesy of Janet Champion

For years, Werner Groebli, known as Mr. Frick, delighted figure skating fans all over the world. He was praised for his grace on the ice, for his comic timing, and for his off-balance acrobatics. He toured with in Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies beginning in the late 1930s and entertained figure skating audiences until 1981.

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Irina Rodnina and Aleksandr Zaitsev

Irina Rodnina and Alexandr Zaytsev
Olympic, World, and European Pair Skating Champions and Ice Skating Legends Irina Rodnina and Alexandr Zaytsev. Photo by Steve Powell - Getty Images

Irina Rodnina and Aleksandr Zaitsev won every competition they entered. They won gold at the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics and they won six world figure skating championships (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978) and seven European (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980) figure skating titles.

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Rena Inoue and John Baldwin - 2006 United States National Pair Skating Champions

Rena Inoue and John Baldwin - The First Pair Team to Land a Throw Triple Axel
The First Pair Skating Team to Land a Throw Triple Axel Rena Inoue and John Baldwin - The First Pair Skating Team to Land a Throw Triple Axel in a world or Olympic Competition. Photo by Clive Rose - Getty Images

Rena Inoue and John Baldwin are the first figure skating pair team to land a throw triple Axel in a world or an Olympic figure skating event.

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Paul Wylie - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Men's Silver Medalist

Paul Wylie - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Men's Silver Medalist
Paul Wylie - 1992 Olympic Figure Skating Men's Silver Medalist. Photo by Al Bello - Getty Images

Paul Wylie won the silver medal the 1992 Winter Olympic Games which took in Albertville, France. Wylie's Olympic silver medal win was a surprise win.  

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Jeremy Abbott and Paul Wylie

Jeremy Abbott and Paul Wylie - October 3, 2008
Jeremy Abbott and Paul Wylie - October 3, 2008. Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

Jeremy Abbott is the 2009 U.S. Men's National Figure Skating Champion. Paul Wylie won a silver medal in men's figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games. In 2008 and 2009, Wylie traveled to Colorado to mentor Abbott.

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Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamil, and Peggy Fleming

Olympic Figure Skating Champions Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, and Peggy Fleming
U.S. National Figure Skating Championships 2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champions Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, and Peggy Fleming. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

In this photo, Olympic figure skating champions, Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, and Peggy Fleming smile together in 2006.

Scott Hamilton won the Olympics in figure skating in 1984; Dorothy Hamill won the Olympic figure skating title in 1976, and Peggy Fleming is the 1968 Olympic figure skating champion.

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Peggy Fleming - 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Olympic Figure Skating Champion Peggy Fleming
Olympic Figure Skating Champion Peggy Fleming. Photo by Vince Bucci - Getty Images

Peggy Fleming is the 1968 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. She won that title in Grenoble, France. That was the only gold medal that the United States won at that particular Olympics. She was nineteen years old at the time. She was known for being both an athletic and graceful ice skater.

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Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek Tie - But Lysacek Wins

Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek Tie at the 2008 US National Figure Skating Championships
Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek Tie - But Lysacek Wins. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

Johnny Weir and Evan Lysacek earned identical scores at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 2008; however, Lysacek won the freeskate portion of the men's event, so he was awarded the gold medal. Weir had to settle for the silver.

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1960 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Carol Heiss

1960 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Carol Heiss
1960 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Carol Heiss. Getty Images

Carol Heiss reigned as the figure skating champion of the United States from 1957 through 1960. She went on to win the Olympics in 1960.

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Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski of Israel

Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski of Israel
Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski of Israel. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

Ice dancers, Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski, compete for Israel, but both were born in Belarus.

In 2008, the ice dance team of Alexandra Zaretski and Roman Zaretski made U.S. national news. The skaters and their coach, former Olympian Galit Chait, filed a discrimination case against an ice arena in New Jersey. A lawsuit was filed against certain employees from the arena. Apparently, some of the rink’s coaches advised Chait, not to teach the Israelis. Then, one day, in September of 2008, the skaters arrived at the rink and were told they were not allowed on the ice.

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Jeremy Abbott - World and International Figure Skating Competitor

Jeremy Abbott - Rising Figure Skating Star
Jeremy Abbott - Rising Figure Skating Star. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun - Getty Images

Jeremy Abbott won the Pewter Medal at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships in 2007 and 2008. He went on to win a bronze medal at the 2007 Four Continents Championships and he won gold at the Cup of China Grand Prix of Figure Skating Competition in 2008. He is considered one of the top male figure skaters in the United States.

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Lynn-Holly Johnson, Scott Hamilton, and Tracie Hamilton

Lynn-Holly Johnson, Scott Hamilton, and Tracie Hamilton
Ice Princesss Movie Premiere 2005 Lynn-Holly Johnson, Scott Hamilton, and Tracie Hamilton. Photo by Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Actress Lynn-Holly Johnson, who co-starred in the 1978 movie Ice Castles, poses with Olympic Figure Skating Champion, Scott Hamilton and wife Tracie

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Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion
Tara Lipinski - 1998 Olympic Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Clive Brunskill - Getty Images

In 1998, Tara Lipinski won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at age fifteen. She is youngest Olympic gold medalist in figure skating history.

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Doreen Denny and Erika Susman Shorr

Doreen Denny and Erika Susman Shorr - Decmeber, 2008
Two British National Champions Smile Together in 2008 Two-Time World Ice Dancing Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny With British Pair Skating Champion Erika Susman Shorr - 2009 U.S. Junior National Figure Skating Championships. Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

Doreen Denny is a British ice dancing champion, a two-time world ice dancing champion, and Olympic figure skating coach. In this photo, she smiiles with 1976 British pair skating champion and Olympian Erika Susman Shorr.

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Kathy Casey and Paul Wagener

Kathy Casey and Paul Wagener
2009 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, Lake Placid, New York World and Olympic Figure Skating Coach Kathy Casey With Choreography and Style Coach Paula Wagener. Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

Kathy Casey is a world and Olympic figure skating coach. Paula Wagener is known for creating choreography and style programs for figure skaters.

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World and Olympic Figure Skating Coaches Ron Ludington and Doreen Denny

Figure Skating Coaching Legend Ron Ludington With World and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny
U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships - December, 2008 Figure Skating Coaching Legend Ron Ludington With World and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny. Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

Ron Ludington won a bronze medal in pair skating at the 1960 Olympics. He competed and medaled in the United States National Figure Skating Championships in all three branches of figure skating. He has coached many national and international level pair and ice dance competitors and is considered one of the most successful pair and ice dance coaches in North America.

Doreen Denny is a two-time world ice dancing champion and was the coach of 1976 Olympic Bronze Ice Dance Medalists Colleen O'Connor and Jim Millns.

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Tai Babilonia and Jack Courtney - January 2, 2009

Tai Babilonia and Jack Courtney - January 2, 2009
World Ice and Roller Pair Skating Champions and Figure Skating Legends Reunite Tai Babilonia and Jack Courtney - January 2, 2009. Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

Ice skating legend, Tai Babilonia, poses with World singles and pair roller skating champion, and U.S. ice pair skating bronze medalist, Jack Courtney.

World and U.S. Pair skating champion and figure skating legend, Tai Babilonia, poses with World singles and pair roller skating champion, and U.S. ice pair skating bronze medalist, Jack Courtney, on January 2, 2009.

1975 and 1976 U.S. National Pairs Bronze Medalist, Jack Courtney, was a champion roller skater before he switched to ice. What is remarkable about Courtney's record is, that in 1968, he won roller worlds in BOTH single and pair skating. He also won the U.S. Senior men's title in singles in roller skating five times and the national senior pair title was won by Courtney and his partner Sheryl Trueman Courtney four times. Jack Courtney is considered a legend in the roller skating world.

In early 2009, ice skating legend, Tai Babilonia, took a special trip to Colorado Springs especially to mentor 2008 U.S. pair skating champions, Keauna McLaughlin and Rockne Brubaker. During a break from her mentoring tasks, she took the time to reunite with Jack Courtney. Babilonia recalled that some of the pair skating lifts done by Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner were invented by Jack Courtney. Here, the two "skating greats" pose together.

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Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates - 2009 US National Ice Dance Silver Medalists

Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates Compete in the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates of the United States Compete in the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Photo by Matthew Stockman - Getty Images

2008 World Junior Ice Dance Champions, Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, began skating together in 2000. In 2009, they won silver at the US National Figure Skating Championships and bronze at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

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1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi Shows Off Her Gold Medal

1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi
1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi. Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images
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US National Pairs Medalists 1974

US National Pairs Medalists 1974
Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia, Melissa and Mark Militano, Erika Susman and Tommy Huff - US National Pairs Medalists 1974. Photo Courtesy of Erika Susman Shorr

Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia, Melissa and Mark Militano, Erika Susman and Tommy Huff - US National Pairs Medalists 1974

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Erika Susman and Colin Tayforth - British Pair Skating Champions

Erika Susman and Colin Tayforth - British Pair Skating Champions and 1976 Olympic Competitors
Erika Susman and Colin Tayforth - British Pair Skating Champions and 1976 Olympic Competitors. Photo Courtesy of Erika Susman Shorr
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Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia

Randy Gardner and Tai Babilonia
World figure skating champion and pair skating legend, Tai Babilonia, always wear a gold crescent-moon pendant given to her by Stevie Nicks in 1979. In this photo, she wears her moon while smiling with her life-long skating partner, Randy Gardner. Photo Courtesy of Tai Babilonia

World figure skating champion and pair skating legend, Tai Babilonia, always wear a gold crescent-moon pendant given to her by rock star Stevie Nicks in 1979. In this photo, she wears her moon while smiling with her life-long skating partner, Randy Gardner.

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Kim Yu-Na of South Korea - Olympic Figure Skating Champion

Kim Yu-Na of South Korea
Kim Yu-Na of South Korea. Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images

Kim Yu-Na of South Korea won the 2010 Olympic figure skating title.  In addition to being a figure skater, she is a singer who is a celebrity in Korea.

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Elaine Zayak - 1982 World Figure Skating Champion

Elaine Zayak - 1982 World Figure Skating Champion
Elaine Zayak - 1982 World Figure Skating Champion. Photo by Chris Cole - Getty Images

The informally known "Zayak Rule," was created because of Elaine Zayak.

Elaine Zayak was the first female figure skater to land many triple jumps in her skating programs. At the 1982 World Figure Skating Championships, she won the title because she landed six triple jumps in her long program.

The informally known "Zayak Rule," was created because of Elaine Zayak. The rule states that a competitor may not repeat a triple jump more than twice, and after the first triple jump is performed, repeated triple jumps must be done in combination or in a sequence.

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Aleksandr Zaitsev and Irina Vorobieva Do a Death Spiral Together - 5/29/09

Irina Vorobieva and Aleksandr Zaitsev Do a Death Spiral - 5-29-09
1981 World Pair Skating Champion Irina Vorobieva and 2-time Olympic Pair Skating Champion and 6-time World Pair Skating Champion Aleksandr Zaitsev Do a Death Spiral - 5-29-09. Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris

1981 World Pair Skating Champion Irina Vorobieva and 2-time Olympic Pair Skating Champion Aleksandr Zaitsev do a death spiral together on 5-29-09.

Two-time Olympic Pair Skating Champion and Six-Time World Pair Skating Champion, Aleksandr Zaitsev, lives in Moscow, but visited the U.S. during the summer on 2009. On Friday, May 29, 2009, a party was given in his honor. During the party, he did a death spiral with 1981 World Pair Skating Champion Irina Vorobieva. Vorobieva lives and coaches skating in the United States. Zaitsev won gold with another Irina, Irina Rodnina.

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Jennifer Kirk

Jennifer Kirk - 2000 World Junior Figure Skating Champion and 2002 Four Continents Skating Champion
2000 World Junior Figure Skating Champion and 2002 Four Continents Champion Jennifer Kirk - 2000 World Junior Figure Skating Champion and 2002 Four Continents Skating Champion. Photo by Stuart Franklin - Getty Images
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Figure Skating Champion Nicole Bobek Endorses Campbell Soup In 1998

Figure Skating Champion Nicole Bobek Endorses Campbell Soup In 1998
Figure Skating Champion Nicole Bobek Endorses Campbell Soup In 1998. Photo by Jamie Squire - Getty Images

Ice skater, Nicole Bobek, won the 1995 U.S. Figure Skating Championship.

Ice skater, Nicole Bobek, won the 1995 U.S. Figure Skating Championship and also was ranked third in the world that year. She competed in the 1998 Winter Olympics. She was known for her infectious and happy personality. This personality was famous on and off the ice.

In 2009, Bobek was arrested on drug charges. She was charged with being part of a drug ring. It is said that Nicole Bobek may face up to ten years in prison if convicted.